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Earth Hour drives drop in power consumption

Nova Scotians again went into the dark for Earth Hour.

Nova Scotians again went into the dark for Earth Hour.

Nova Scotia Power’s energy control centre reported an 18-megawatt reduction in power consumption between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, when Earth Hour 2010 took place and people were asked to turn off their lights.

According to local organizers, this represented an equivalent savings of more than 1.4 million, 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs.

In downtown Halifax, a free concert marking Earth Hour drew a small crowd at Grand Parade Square in front of city hall before the lights were dimmed on a cold evening.

Ken Boudreau of Halifax said he came to the concert because one person can make a difference even when it comes to global issues.

“It shows that a little by everybody means a lot,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to show.”

The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge went dark a few minutes before 8:30 p.m. Saturday and the MacKay Bridge followed suit.

In total, some 4,000 cities in more than 120 countries took part in Earth Hour 2010, a global initiative to show support for action on climate change.